Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off
What's it all about, Michael? Try roles from Alfie to Austin Powers's pa in more than 100 movies, two Oscars, a 31-year marriage and two kids. Now 70, Caine plays a fugitive Nazi collaborator in The Statement.
ON HIS EVIL STATEMENT CHARACTER: I've done everything. If you ask me to play a Cockney gangster, I can do it with my eyes shut. I thought to play someone I hate so much would be a tremendous task to set for myself. He's the worst character I've ever played. I think of all racists as pathetic, so I decided to make him sad. That was his only redeeming feature.
ON ACTING AT 70: What's great now is I don't have to work for a living. It's rather like an extraordinary, highly paid hobby. I've got to enjoy myself because at my age, you don't want to get up at 6:30 in the morning and be with a load of people you don't like, doing what you don't want to do.
ON NO LONGER GETTING THE GIRL IN MOVIES: It's all right. I did it enough when I was young. And I've got a very beautiful wife at home, so it doesn't bother me.
ON MARRIED LIFE: Shakira and I are home people. We built a house out of a 200-year-old barn in Surrey. This is where we are happiest.
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